Celebrate Alien Day With The Kenner 1979 Alien Action Figure
So, 20th Century Fox has created a new Monster Kid holiday with the first ever ALIEN DAY on April 26th, and it’s being billed as a global celebration of the ALIEN franchise. The day will be marked by all sorts of special festivities and product releases, not the least of which is a 20-city double feature re-release of ALIEN and ALIENS – at the screening of ALIENS at New York City venue The Town Hall, complete with a Sigourney Weaver appearance.
I was 11 eleven years old when Alien hit the theaters and, still riding the Sci-Fi high of Star Wars two years earlier, I convinced my parents to let me and my little brother see the movie at the theater. This was a big deal — I had never seen an R-rated movie and my Mom walked us to the ticket booth, bought our tickets and gave permission to the theater employee for us to see the movie. Then she left…. Needless to say, Alien made a lasting impression on my brother and I!
It’s impossible to talk about Alien 1979 without spending some time on one of the most controversial – and coolest – monster toys of the 1970s. Kenner was still riding high on their Star Wars license and decided to jump on the next big Sci-Fi franchise to come along. There was only one problem: Alien was an R-rated movie and the creature was terrifying!
Here’s Kenner’s original TV commercial:
Despite Kenner’s best efforts, and a beautifully designed toy, sales were poor. Parents thought it was too scary and raised a ruckus. Kids, most of whom didn’t have parents like mine, couldn’t see the movie and thus weren’t bugging parents for the toy. Most kids didn’t even know what the monster looked like. The result; retail sales were bad and Kenner canceled the rest of the planned Alien lineup.
This action figure is a collector’s collectible. The simple fact that this toy didn’t sell well means there are less available to collect. Combine that with the fact the Alien franchise has continued to grow in popularity through the years and you get the perfect combination of high demand and low supply. Scarcity is the main driver of price in collectibles and it is almost impossible to get one of these action figure in-box and good condition for below $1,000. Not bad considering it cost $ in 1979. Loose figures are much more common, but even they command $500+ in good condition,
Several of these toys – both boxed and loose – are currently available at eBay, Check out Current eBay auctions here.
2014 Gentle Giant Jumbo Alien
Gentle Giant released a 24″ Jumbo figure scaled off of the original 18″ figure Kenner for Christmas 2014. The likeness and attention to detail are terrific, all the way down to the packaging:
With a retail price of $499, this isn’t a toy, but it is probably less expensive than a 1979 Kenner Alien in good condition! You can still get the Gentle Giant figure at retail pricing at the usual places: EntertainmentEarth.
I found one for $283 + shipping at Amazon which is as reasonably priced as I’ve seen in quite a while. Click here to see it on Amazon.
With Ridley Scott‘s Alien prequel Alien: Covenant headed our way in the near future, there is little reason to believe the Kenner Alien action figure will do anything but continue to increase in demand and value over time.
Of course, commerce is the driving force behind our new favorite holiday, so there are a whole bunch of new collectibles headed our way on ALIEN DAY.
To see some of the new merchandise, check out EntertainmentEarth’s Alien store.